It is all interconnected, why pretend otherwise? By Jacques Depelchin

Nagasaki, Japan, before and after the atomic bombing of August 9, 1945. Adjusted version of File:Nagasaki 1945 – Before and after.jpg (rotation and scaling). Français : Nagasaki (Japon) avant et après le bombardement atomique du 09 aout 1945. Version ajustée de File:Nagasaki 1945 – Before and after.jpg (rotation et changement d’échelle). (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The crises have erupted in our...

German university honors Kenyan writer

Ngugi’s literary works, like "The devil crucified" and "Matigari," pointed mostly to shortcomings within the Kenyan state. Now, Germany’s University of Bayreuth is awarding him an honorary doctorate. The University of Bayreuth in Southern Germany awarded Kenyan writer and literary scholar Ngugi wa Thiong’o an honorary doctorate on Monday (05.05.2014). According to the college, Ngugi’s work within the realms of...

African Creative Economy Conference 2014: call for volunteers continued and logo announced!

Arterial Network’s 4th African Creative Economy Conference, organized in partnership with the associations Racines/ Arterial Network Morocco, will take place from the 13-15 November 2014 in the city of Rabat at the National Library.  The official African Creative Economy Conference website will go live in April with details of registration and programme. Read more Please email your questions to info@arterialnetwork.org...

AMANDLA: A revolution in 4 part harmony Directed by Lee Hirsch

Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This internationally acclaimed film is the intense and triumphant story of how music kept alive the revolution against the cruelty of apartheid for decades in South Africa. The music was vital, constantly creative, changing and life-sustaining for millions as they struggled against a monster machine. The film starts with the exhuming...

Urbain, Olivier, editor. Music and Conflict Transformation: Harmonies and Dissonances in Geopolitics. 2008. I.B. Tauris, UK, in collaboration with the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, Tokyo, Japan. BY THERESA WOLFWOOD. DIRECTOR, THE BARNARD-BOECKER CENTRE FOUNDATION

“Music has an inexplicable way of elevating humankind to its noblest action.” Youssou N´Dour, Senegalese singer “…creative ability is a quintessential part of being human: to assert one´s Creativity is also to assert one´s Humanity.” Dennis Brutus, South African poet “…music can enable people, somehow, to ´get inside´ each other´s minds, feel each other´s suffering and recognize each other´s shared...

Arundhati Roy, the Not-So-Reluctant Renegade By SIDDHARTHA DEB

“I’ve always been slightly short with people who say, ‘You haven’t written anything again,’ as if all the nonfiction I’ve written is not writing,” Arundhati Roy said. It was July, and we were sitting in Roy’s living room, the windows closed against the heat of the Delhi summer. Delhi might be roiled over a slowing economy, rising crimes against women...